LAWMEN: BASS REEVES – Review by Susan Granger

After the resounding success of Yellowstone and its two prequels (1883, 1923), Taylor Sheridan produced another Western series: Lawmen: Bass Reeves. Interweaving fact with fiction, its eight episodes follow the first Black deputy U.S. Marshall who served west of the Mississippi River. Currently vying for Emmy consideration as a limited/anthology series, its compelling lead actor is versatile David Oyelowo (Selma).

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THE YELLOWSTONE TRILOGY – Review by Susan Granger

With Yellowstone currently wrangling its fifth successful season, its creators – Taylor Sheridan and John Linson – have lured audiences once again into the interconnected Big Sky mythology of the American West, as epitomized by the dysfunctional Dutton dynasty. The Dutton family has owned the Yellowstone since 1883. That prequel series detailed their westward journey from Texas in a wagon train, showing how John Dutton’s great-grandfather, Civil War veteran James and his wife Margaret founded the Dutton ranch on a spot of land chosen by their daughter Elsa for her gravesite.

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YELLOWSTONE – Review by Susan Granger

Now in its fourth season, Kevin Costner’s wildly successful, Western melodrama Yellowstone is a powerful geyser that keeps spewing off sequels. Created by Taylor Sheridan, the Paramount Network’s saga revolves around gruff Montana cattle king John Dutton’s battle to keep his sprawling Yellowstone Ranch out of the hands of wealthy land developers. At his side are his hellcat daughter/lawyer Beth and her husband/foreman Rip Wheeler, who brands devoted ranch hands with a “Y.”

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 14-September 20: SICARIO

Opening September 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Sicario, which stars the exceptional Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods) as an idealistic FBI agent who finds herself in the middle of the escalating war on drugs taking place on the border between America and Mexico.. Read on…

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